'Star Wars: Episode VII': Meet the new cast ....!

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Every ringleader needs a Serkis.

When it comes to motion-capture performance, this actor is the preeminent artist. He is The Precious, the 60-ton gorilla. Hail Caesar.

You’ve seen him in everything, though you’ve rarely seen him. He became famous as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films, pioneering a new fusion between soulful, human acting, and state-of-the-art animation. From there he portrayed King Kong for Jackson, was Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, and lately played the hyper-intelligent Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

No doubt, that’s he’ll be called upon to do more performance-capture work here. Although J.J. Abrams has vowed to keep the new trilogy more in line with the tone and style of the original, he would be foolish to ignore the tools that weren’t available three decades ago. With Serkis behind the magic, he has an actor who will bring a humanity to whatever bizarre, alien creature he portrays.

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